Top prospect Lindor moving up to Double-A
Indians infielder will play in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
CLEVELAND -- For Tribe fans in northeast Ohio, catching a glimpse of Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor is about to get a whole lot easier.
The club announced on Saturday that Lindor, the eighth overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, will report to Double-A Akron on Monday. The promotion comes after the highly touted shortstop batted .306 with 26 extra-base hits (including six triples) and 20 stolen bases over 83 games for High Class A Carolina.
"What has he not accomplished? Kid does everything," Tribe manager Terry Francona said. "He plays defense, runs the bases, hits for average, impacts the game in every aspect he touches. He's one of the special prospects in all of baseball."
Lindor won't join the Aeros until after Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at New York's Citi Field. For the second year in a row, the 19-year-old was chosen to represent the Indians in Major League Baseball's most prestigious showcase for up-and-coming talents.
This season, Lindor has a .373 on-base percentage and .410 slugging percentage on his line. He's notched 27 RBIs, 51 runs scored, 19 doubles, six triples and one home run. Also, Lindor has drawn 35 walks while striking out 39 times. He is 20-for-25 in stolen bases, as well. Through 82 games at shortstop, Lindor has committed 18 errors and turned 51 double plays, compiling a .952 fielding percentage.
"You don't want to rush a kid too much," Francona said. "I don't doubt you could throw him in a Major League game and he'd look like he belongs. Now, could he hold his own enough to put up some numbers? Probably not yet, but the fact that he's been moved to Double-A is a significant step in his career.
"This is just another progression on his way to becoming a very good Major League player."